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Finally—here is the shortlist from our 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest as selected by our esteemed judge, Amanda Leduc! Our heartfelt congrats to the following six essayists.

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[ The image used with this story is a watercolour painting by Singaporean artist Aaron Gan, entitled Cavenagh Bridge ]

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Chia buồn is how one expresses condolences in Vietnamese. Instead of my thoughts are with you or sorry for your loss, the term literally means to divide (chia) sadness (buồn). If only I could have invited others to hold pieces of my shattered heart when Ông Nội died June 26 at the age of 101.

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Traditional Iranian dishes take hours to make.

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“Memories and Where to Keep Them” is the honourable mention for Room’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2020.

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Someone has cut the brakes on modern life. Car doors slam and trolleys scramble. The lips and nose of strangers are covered by a blue screen.

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Poet Junie Désil shares her infectious love of books, and not-so-guilty reading pleasures.

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Every industry has been impacted by COVID-19, but what are the implications for a debut author?

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Panama born, prize-winning, Quebec-based author stephanie roberts grew up in Brooklyn, NY.  S

Reviews

Marianne Apostolides delves into the philosophical writings of J.L.

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In her memoir, I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, Sarah Kurchak takes us through her step-by-step process for navigating an autistic life.

Cover photo of I didn’t want to be read / I wanted / to be believed in, with orange swans against a pale yellow background.

The thirteenth chapbook published as part of Frog Hollow Press’s Dis/Ability Series, Steffi Tad-y’s I didn’t want to be read / I wanted / to be believed in / is a luminous debut that playfully medi

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Growing Room Festival 2021 Cancellation

It is with great care and sadness that Room announces the cancellation of Growing Room Literary & Arts festival for March 2021, and until further notice.

Announcing Room's New Marketing and Contest Coordinator: Ruchika Gothoskar

We're so thrilled to announce Room's new marketing and contest coordinator, Ruchika Gothoskar!

Posted October 28